This Week’s Garden Visitors

Posted by mrssmythe on September 10, 2018 in Critters, Garden |

Here’s something I’ve never seen…a chicken’s egg laid in weather so hot, it became hard boiled.

That gives you an idea of the extreme heat we’ve had this year. Not non-stop heat, thankfully, but enough to make me glad to see the return of cooler temperatures.

The garden hasn’t seemed to mind the heat too much – nor have the critters that populate it. Here you see three in one photo – a ladybug larva (black and orange), aphids (yellow), and a monarch caterpillar.

Hopefully, the ladybug larva got busy and ate all those aphids!

Other visitors to the garden – monarch butterflies.

These are frequent visitors. On warm days, they stop by at about three o’clock. The one on the right is very ragged, but still manages to fly surprisingly well.

Here’s another frequent visitor to the garden this year – a Carpenter Bee.

We have quite a few of these. They’re very large. I think they’re actually starting to nest in the porch eaves, which is not good. But, maybe we can encourage them to go elsewhere in the future by putting up a bee box. I most often see these bees on my butterfly bush.

Other visitors to the butterfly bush:

A Spicebush Swallowtail…

…and a Black Swallowtail.

I was thrilled to see both of these butterflies! They aren’t common in our yard. I made note of what they like to eat, though, and hope to plant things next year that will encourage more of their kind to visit.

Other visitors to the butterfly bush…

A Great Spangled Fritillary

and a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth.

The butterfly bush is getting to be a popular place!

Nearby, on the Verbena, I spotted this Peck’s Skipper.

The Skippers may not be as dramatic as the other butterflies, but they are cheerful little flyers, and I’m always happy to see them.

Looking lower, I found a Yellow Woolly Bear. I didn’t know they came in “yellow” (more of a cream, really, in this one’s case), did you?

Add, finally, we’re seeing a host of dragonflies – mostly in the backyard. This one was on the peach tree.

Here’s hoping you’re seeing plenty of pollinators in your yard, as well. From the dining room table, hoping to squeeze in some knitting before bed tonight (I’m working on a sweater),

Mrs. Smythe

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  • Grandma Marian says:

    Really enjoyed seeing all the things you see in your garden. We mostly get good spiders, but don’t see a lot of butterflies and things like you do. So envious.

    • mrssmythe says:

      This has been a really good year for butterfly watching for us. I don’t remember seeing this many in years past…but then I’ve been out looking more this year, too. I think over the winter I’m going to research what kinds of plants they like to visit/eat and then plant more that will sustain/attract them. It really is a lot of fun to have so many things dropping by each day. 🙂

  • Sarah Bro says:

    Interesting about the egg! We found out recently that egg whites can set a higher temps than yolks – tried to hard boil eggs and yolks were hard, but whites were syrupy. Weird!

  • Amazing how much activity you are seeing in your garden!

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